Learn what you need to know about Azure AD Connect, when you need to know it, in our new series of highly practical video training courses.
Hugh Simpson-Wells, OCT’s CEO says:
The 7 courses in this flexible and highly practical Azure AD Connect Video Training Series will equip you with the in-depth knowledge you need, when you need to know it.
An individual subscription gives one person access 24/7 for 365 days to the knowledge needed to install, modify and upgrade Azure AD Connect environments, or troubleshoot problems, with confidence. Interested in a multi-user licence? Please contact us for pricing information.
Diving deep beyond the wizard, the videos are heavy on demonstration – you can run these alongside what you are doing in your real system, pausing, rewinding and replaying as necessary.
You can subscribe for a year to all seven courses in the series, or just a single course, giving you an invaluable reference about a technology that is now a key part of a hybrid AD infrastructure.
Our comprehensive and flexible series of video training courses will equip you to make the most of Azure AD Connect and achieve the optimal configuration for your organization even in complex environments. They will enable you to provide consistent, secure and user-friendly authentication, and consistent authorization across on-premises and cloud applications through automated and reliable group management. They will also enable you to minimizing the strain on your administrators and helpdesk staff.
What the videos cover
The videos cover both the ‘easy’ things (installation and configuration using the wizard) as well as ‘harder’ things, like how provisioning and deprovisioning works, and the disaster recovery options. It has realistic demonstrations enabling you to get a proper understanding of its capabilities in real-world scenarios. See the outline tab (above) to discover the precise content of each video.
The content is based on our Azure AD Connect Masterclass which was written by an expert team including Andreas Kjellman (formerly MIM and Azure AD Connect Program Manager for Microsoft), and is the only comprehensive, structured training course for this vital and complex technology. By subscribing to all the video courses, you could work through them all covering much the same ground as our Azure AD Connect Masterclass. Alternatively you can simply access an area of interest as and when you need that knowledge.
Who is the Azure AD Connect video series for?
The Azure AD Connect video series is for architects and administrators who are responsible for connecting their on-premises Active Directory with an Azure Active Directory tenant, and who want to:
Learn about some specific aspect of Azure AD Connect
Learn how to configure and maintain it, and which configurations are supported
Gain a holistic perspective on Azure AD Connect implementation, configuration, security, high availability, troubleshooting, and/or disaster recovery scenarios
Understand what Azure AD Connect can do beyond its ‘out-of-the-box’ form and investigate its many additional capabilities
What courses are available in the Azure AD Connect video training series?
Our Azure AD Connect video training series includes seven individual courses: Foundations | Synchronization concepts | Comparison with MIM (free with all subscriptions) | Custom scenarios | Synchronization rules | Authentication | Additional (but essential) topics.
(See the “Outline” tab above for detailed information about each course.)
Hugh Simpson-Wells, our CEO and course instructor, explains how the Azure AD Connect video training series works in this video:
You can purchase one, two or all courses – and you’ll get 24×7 access to each for a year. Each course has a number of videos, which are divided by chapter markers, so that you can quickly find topics of interest. Videos are a mixture of presentation and demonstration – and courses are usually followed by a revision quiz.
If you find you do want to try out a lab environment of your own, or you need one-to-one help, these can be bought as bolt-on extras.
Inevitably, some topics are dependent on others. While we have tried to make each video self-contained, there will be occasions when it might be hard to fully understand one without having seen another. For this reason we have made the whole series available for just £334 / $399 / €384.
If you watch all the videos you’ll understand:
Everything you can do through the wizard, and much more
Different authentication options – how you move from one to the other, and how they interact
Azure AD Connect architecture and configuration, understanding and editing rules, and handling errors
Scheduling, statistics, basic troubleshooting, high availability, and Azure AD Connect health
Managing Azure AD Connect with PowerShell
Precedence, provisioning/deprovisioning, joining rules, and transformations
Upgrading, backup, restore and recovery options
Multi-forest, multi-tenant and non-AD directory scenarios
Integrating cloud-based HR systems
What’s supported and what’s not
Of course, you can just choose areas of interest.
Information you can trust
This course is a new presentation of material generated by Andreas Kjellman (formerly MIM and Azure AD Connect Program Manager for Microsoft), Hugh Simpson-Wells (Founder and CEO, Oxford Computer Group and Oxford Computer Training), Jimmy Andersson (MVP Enterprise Mobility) and James Cowling (CTO, Oxford Computer Group and Oxford Computer Training).
There are seven courses in the series, each split into a number of videos, further divided by chapter markers, so that you can quickly find topics of interest.
Course #1: Foundations (143 minutes)
Two videos: General concepts (63 minutes) | Express installation (40 minutes)
Active Directory (AD), its structure, administration and additional components
Azure AD structure and administration
Azure AD customer journeys and editions
Tenants, directories, subscriptions and domains
Azure AD production and test tenants
Hybrid environments and the requirements of users
The role of Azure AD Connect for managing users, groups and devices
Azure AD Connect installation pre-requisites (including data clean-up) and express installation
Demonstration including the Azure Portal, the Office 365 Admin Portal, and express installation of Azure AD Connect
Course #2: Synchronization concepts (142 minutes)
Four videos: Identity sources and synchronization (28 minutes) | Anchor attributes (13 minutes) | The synchronization engine (33 minutes) | The synchronization service manager (68 minutes)
Sources and types of user, group and device identity objects
Types and sources of attributes
Typical Azure AD Connect synchronization scenarios
Transformations and precedence
Anchor attributes, what they do, why they are important, choosing them and changing them
MS-DS-ConsistencyGUID, AlternateID and UPN
The Azure AD Connect synchronization engine, connector space and metaverse
Run steps, run profiles and run cycles
State-based design and its consequences
Properly disabling an account
Azure AD Connect synchronization flow, including multi-forest considerations
The Synchronization Service Manager, configuration, tools, connector properties, supported and unsupported actions
Connector space and metaverse objects – metaverse design
Options for running synchronization – statistics and errors
Demonstration including the management and configuration of Azure AD Connect
Course #3: Comparison with MIM (28 minutes) – FREE with any subscription
One video: Comparing MIM and Azure AD Connect (28 minutes)
Relationship between Azure AD Connect and MIM
Historical overview of FIM/MIM
Comparison of the MIM and Azure AD Connect components
MIM and Azure AD Connect similarities
MIM and Azure AD Connect differences
MIM deprecated features
MIM things simply not present in Azure AD Connect
Course #4: Custom scenarios (126 minutes)
Three videos: Supported topologies (37 minutes) | Preparing for custom installation (31 minutes) | Custom installation (58 minutes)
Supported Azure AD Connect topologies: single forest with single tenant, multiple forests with single tenant, role of GALSync, multiple tenants, on-premises sync in a multi-forest org, Azure AD Connect write-back scenarios, cloud HR
Consolidating users, contacts and FSPs
Consolidating (merging) group memberships
Preparing for custom install
Uninstalling Azure AD Connect
Account ownership recovery (including an already established Azure AD tenant)
Azure AD Connect database, services, and health
Azure AD Connect custom installation, accounts and permissions, and required components
User sign-in options
Demonstration including custom installation of Azure AD Connect